To that end, I've been boning up on poetry, although most in my group are interested in publishing a book.
A 100-page primer gives readers the essentials of poetic technique, many of which I had forgotten.
- A primer of Prosidy
- More than 80,000 words that rhyme
- A glossary defining 9,000 eccentric rhyming words
- A variety of exemplary verses
- Words rhyming on the last, the penultimate, and the antepenultimate syllable
It includes trademarked words (CheapMart, etc.) common acronyms, abbreviations, biographical and geographical names, common new technological terms (blog, pixel), slang and informal words (lemme, gotcha, shoulda, woulda, couda). The final section features some lovely quotes about poetry.
I'd forgotten all I'd taught about rhyme and meter; stanzas; line metrics; forms of lyric verse; single/double/triple rhymes; random, interior, initial and cross rhymes.
If you like writing poetry, or would like to pick it up, this is the book for you! It's a good remedy for fading brain cells, juggling syllables, words, and vocabulary, to make words and sounds fit, and say exactly what you mean. Poetry is carefully constructed and crafted.
I giggled reading it through. Here are a couple of the author's witty verses...
HAIKUS SHOW I.Q.'S
Haikus show I.Q.'s:
High I.Q.'s try haikus. Low
The qualities rare in a bee that we meet
In an epigram never should fail;
The body should always be little and sweet,
And a sting should be left in its tail.
THE CLERIHEW - Don Juan at College
Till they switched him from Biology
To Abnormal Psychology